Accounting Intern in Chicago, IL at Muscular Dystrophy Association

Date Posted: 11/22/2019

Job Snapshot

  • Employee Type:
    INTR – Intern
  • Location:
    Chicago, IL
  • Date Posted:

Job Description

Position Description:

The Accounting Intern is an unpaid Spring internship working with and reporting to the Senior Staff Accountant.   The successful intern will be hard-working, responsible, respectful and self-driven as well as possess a positive attitude, strong communication skills, and initiative. Not only will this intern be able to gain valuable work experience, he/she will also be given the opportunity to regularly meet with other interns to network, collaborate, and participate in various professional development sessions including leadership classes, hearing executive speakers, and participating in MDA Mission or Income Development Events. 

The Accounting Intern will be responsible for participating in assisting with and managing of a variety of day-to-day Accounting functions including working with managing various accounts, performing reconciliations, entering and analyzing data, and other general other general accounting processes.  In addition, he/she will be responsible to contributing to various Accounting projects within these same areas.  Every intern will also be responsible for creating a final project and portfolio throughout the internship to present about what he/she has learned throughout the internship to use for future use and reference.


  • Enters and manages data in the ERP system. 
  • Assist with preparation of monthly schedules and analysis of general ledger accounts.
  • Prepare monthly bank reconciliations and follow up on unreconciled items.
  • Prepare monthly journal entries.
  • Assist field personnel to assemble sales tax information and monthly reporting.
  • Perform special projects and analysis as needed throughout the year.
  • Perform other duties as needed.

Job Requirements


  • Communication Skills: Clearly and persuasively communicate, listen and seek clarifications; participate in meetings, write clearly and informatively.
  • Initiative: Measure self against a standard of excellence.  Undertake self-development activities and learn new skills; seek increased responsibilities and ask for and offer help when needed.
  • Professionalism: Work well in a fast-paced environment; treat others with respect and consideration; accept responsibility for actions. Understand business implications of decisions, align work with strategic goals, complete business-related tasks and develop strategies to achieve organizational goals.
  • Flexibility: Able to multitask in a changing work environment. Manage competing demands and unexpected events. Willing to change approach to best fit the situation.
  • Detail Minded:  Demonstrate accuracy and thoroughness; monitor own work to ensure quality and organization.  Strong attention to detail while multitasking.



  • Must be enrolled and actively pursuing a Bachelor’s or Master’s Degree in a related field from an accredited college or university.
  • Be self-motivated, willing to learn, and interested in working in a collaborative, team environment.
  • Must have excellent written and verbal communication skills, ability to prioritize effectively, and attention to detail.
  • Ability to multi-task, remain organized, and work in a fast-paced environment.
  • Basic Knowledge of MS Office software including Outlook, Word, Excel, and PowerPoint.
  • Candidates must understand the importance of confidentiality and discretion.



MDA is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, or protected veteran status.